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Issue: "The Bush mandate," Nov. 16, 2002

Vols to the polls

Bob Jones writes that state budget crises amount to a "no-win situation for GOP incumbents" ("No room for error," Oct. 19). It can become more of a win-win situation if citizens who have would volunteer to donate some of their resources to those who have not. We need to tell our political representatives we don't want to be part of an ever-growing nanny state, and show that personal responsibility and teamwork among citizens will improve our states and bring people closer together. Maybe then our governors won't have to wring their hands over where to spend our tax money. - Jeff Schicke, Wharton, N.J.

Bob Jones's fine article on the upcoming gubernatorial races omitted two very interesting races in South Carolina and Alabama, where incumbent Democrats are trailing or tied with their Republican challengers in the most recent polls. That is a possible pickup of two seats for Republicans and conservatives. - Tim Setzer, Blacksburg, S.C.

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I'm grateful for the excellent election coverage in WORLD. Who wins these elections will seriously affect what kind of country we will live in, as you pointed out earlier in your story about California politics and the vigorous promotion of homosexuality there ("When liberals seize a state," Aug. 31). - David Nyhuis, Eatonville, Wash.

Lyrical treatment

As a musician, I resonated very deeply with Marvin Olasky's "Musical diagnosis" (Oct. 19). Good music does not find joy by trying to whitewash the pain; it finds its highest joy in the enduring mercy God gives despite the pain. What a pity this type of sobriety is foreign to our tastes. - Jonathan Landell, Richmond, Vt.

The lack of creativity among many Christian pop artists should not condemn the whole Christian music industry. Christian music creates a subculture of edification that continually renews the minds of the listeners and we need to respect that. Unfortunately, most Christian radio stations strictly limit the genres they air, but quality and variety are out there and worth seeking. - Lane Walker, Manchester, Mo.

Finally someone articulated what I've struggled with in the "Christian" music scene. While sounding more and more "secular" or "mainstream," popular Christian music still has a somewhat nauseating lack of reality. I feel so relieved to know that I'm not the only professing Christian who sees value in secular lyrics, even when they don't give the prescription. - Amy Gearhardt, Ft. Campbell, Ky.

Depraved kids

I appreciated the column that you published, "Kids will be kids" (Oct. 19) by Gene Edward Veith. It showed me all the more that we live in a world full of sin. It also helped me to know better how to pray for girls and boys my age. - Betsy M. Cook, 13, Midland, Mich.

After reading "Kids will be kids," I could only weep and go to prayer. As I look at the face of Artieas, one of the children accused of murder, I can only say that we, the adults of America, are guilty, too. Our country's morality and values have spiraled down into such depravity that what was once considered unthinkable is now commonly overlooked. We tolerate abortion and child pornography and music that glorifies murder with minute details that would turn your stomach (with the whole sick message wrapped in a package of sexual perversion), and then we all shake our heads wondering how on earth children could be so cruel and evil. - Irene Lagios, Nashua, N.H.

Winning & losing

Joel Belz's column "Beyond the margins" (Oct. 19) was the exact lesson that I learned working on a gubernatorial campaign this past June in my home state of South Carolina. Ken Wingate ran "unsuccessfully" for the Republican nomination among a field of six other candidates. Yet, at the end of the campaign I saw before me a man who had been truly successful. He taught many of us the invaluable lesson that we, as Christians, are indeed called to "redeem the culture" at whatever cost. Christians need to hear Mr. Alfonsi's story and others like it to serve as examples of those have a clear understanding of our biblical calling. - Jeannie Hall, Clemson, S.C.

As a sister in Christ and a recently defeated candidate for the state legislature here in Arizona, I believe that God is certainly in control but, to paraphrase Mordecai's warning to Esther, our choice is whether or not we want to be a part of His working out of His plan. How have we missed out on God's blessings for this country by failing to exercise our God-given freedom to vote? I am learning that while most Christians do not vote, others are being led by non-Christians because of a lack of Christian leadership in this area. Pastors, as a group, are very afraid to be involved at all and some who are not afraid are making curious choices. I have committed to being involved in the process for at least the next two years. I am not liking what I am seeing. - Roberta S. Livesay, Gilbert, Ariz.


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